Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment

Become familiar with the University’s Harassment Policy.

Sexual harassment by definition is unwelcome and/or coercive behavior and both males and females can be victims of it. Know that while sexual harassment is sometimes subtle and hard to define, your emotional reaction to what is said and done to you is a good gauge. Respectful flirtation and compliments are not associated with a feeling of unease; sexual harassment is.

If you feel that you are being sexually harassed, tell someone. Sharing your concerns with someone you trust may help you feel less isolated. Remember it is NOT your fault. If possible, simply tell the harasser that a particular behaviour is offensive. Ask that it stop.

Write a letter to the harasser in which you:

  • Describe the instance clearly and objectively.
  • Express your reaction to the behaviour.
  • Request that the behaviour stop.

Keep as detailed a record of events as possible. Make note of behaviour, date, time, place, witnesses, your attempts to inform the harasser, the harasser’s responses, etc. Keep a copy of your letter to the harasser for your own personal reference.

There is a Bishop’s Harassment Committee composed of two representatives, 1 male and 1 female, from all the constituencies on Campus, i.e., Faculty (Faculty Council), Administration, Staff (BUSA), Full-time Students (SRC) and Part-time Students (BUPSA). Any member of this committee is able to help you clarify the situation and examine possible courses of action.

The Harassment Committee is mandated to help resolve harassment problems both informally by providing information, advice and mediation, and formally, by investigating specifically written complaints, and making recommendations to the Principal on disciplinary or other actions. The choice of formal or informal channels rests with the complainant and all Committee members respect the confidential nature of the proceedings of the Committee, both formal and informal.

If you would prefer to speak with someone not on the Committee, personnel in the Counselling Office, Health Services, Campus Interfaith Ministry, as well as R.A.’s and Peer Helpers, may be consulted.